The boys, meanwhile, finished with a 19-11 fourth quarter that catapulted them to a 57-43 win against the Lions. Hillsboro, coming off a heart-breaking loss to Sterling earlier in the week, improved to 3-1 in league play and 9-6 for the season.
GIRLS - An argument could made that this game already was decided in the first quarter. The Trojans, behind 11 point from Addie Lackey, sprinted to a 17-2 lead by the first break.
Picking up where they left off in a blistering fourth quarter of shooting against Sterling, Hillsboro shot lights-out for the entire first half, making 17 of 23 shots (74 precent) from the floor and all four of its free throws on the way to a 43-7 bulge by intermission. Lackey accumulated 19 of her game-high 22 points by that time.
Not that it mattered much, but the second half actually went to Lyons, 31-20, as the visitors found considerably more success getting their shots to drop. Hillsboro led, 55-20, after three quarters, which kicked in the continuous clock for the entire final period. Coach Nathan Hiebert pulled his starters with about 6:30 to play and Hillsboro leading, 57-27.
For the game, Hillsboro finished with 58 percent shooting (25-43), including six for eight from three-point range. The defense limited Lions (2-2, 9-5) to 31 percent shooting for the game after a 13 percent shooting performance in the first half.
BOYS - After splitting their first two matchups this season, this game was the rubber-match as well as for league standings. Lyons took an early 7-3 lead, but by the end of the first quarter the Trojans led 14-11 and never trailed again. A three-pointer by Brett Weinbrenner in the final two seconds of the first half bumped the lead to 28-22 by intermission.
The game continued on a give-and-take course through the third period. A deep three-pointer from Tyler Proffitt with 54 seconds restored Hillsboro’s lead to six points, 38-32, when the quarter ended.
The fourth quarter was Hillsboro’s best, particularly the first four minutes. Moving the ball exceptionally well on offense, Hillsboro launched a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Weinbrenner at the 5:19 mark. Meanwhile, the defense forced five Lion turnovers and three missed shots to claim a 47-32 bulge at the halfway point.
Lyons then got back-to-back threes from a pair of players off the bench to slice the lead to nine points. But 8-for-8 free-throw shooting over a minute’s time — two from Harry Faber and six straight from Weinbrenner — derailed any further comeback by the visiting team.
Weinbrenner finished as the game’s high scorer with 20 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Shaq Thiessen broke double figures with 12 despite a below-normal 6-for-15 shooting night. As a team, the Trojans made 49 percent of their shots (21-43) while limiting Lyons to 33 percent (14-42). Grady Kirkhardt led Lyons (1-3, 5-9) with 15 points.